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24/1/2018
Environment Secretary challenges UK Government over deposit returnThumbnail for article : Environment Secretary challenges UK Government over deposit return
Scotland will push ahead with a deposit return scheme for drinks containers and is calling on the UK Government to match its ambition, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has said.   Ms Cunningham has already pledged that Scotland will back the EU's vision to phase out single use plastics by 2030 and urged the UK Government to do the same - "Brexit or no Brexit." Earlier this month, the Scottish Government became the first UK administration to announce plans to ban the use of plastic cotton buds, one of the items most often washed up on beaches.  
24/1/2018
Need For More Universal Credit FlexibilityThumbnail for article : Need For More Universal Credit Flexibility
More than 2,500 people take up Scottish Universal Credit choices The rational for introducing Scottish Universal Credit (UC) choices will be outlined by Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman when she gives evidence to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into the roll-out of UC.   Over a seven week period 5,800 new applicants in full UC service areas were offered the Scottish UC choices.  
24/1/2018
School roll capping in Inverness for 2018-19
Due to current pressures on school rolls and following an analysis of school roll forecasts, The Highland Council is ‘capping' or limiting school rolls and reserving places in some Primary Schools in Inverness for the 2018/19 academic session (beginning August 2018).   The schools affected are Kinmylies Primary, Duncan Forbes Primary, Smithton Primary, Hilton Primary, Holm Primary, Lochardil Primary and Milton of Leys Primary.  
23/1/2018
Bulk buying Scots throw money down the pan by stocking up on loo rollThumbnail for article : Bulk buying Scots throw money down the pan by stocking up on loo roll
The majority of consumers are regular bulk buyers.   A fifth of people don't use the items they buy Three quarters of unused bulk buys end up in the bin, costing consumers £724.36 each year.  
23/1/2018
Interim elections for Highland Community CouncilsThumbnail for article : Interim elections for Highland Community Councils
Nominations are being invited from people seeking election onto eight community councils across the Highlands.   The resignation of some members have brought the following six community council's down to below half of their memberships so interim elections have been called in order to fill the vacancies.  
23/1/2018
Highland business sold fireworks to young test purchase volunteerThumbnail for article : Highland business sold fireworks to young test purchase volunteer
Highland Council's Trading Standards team is reporting mixed findings from the age restricted sales test purchase programme it recently carried out in the Inverness and Easter Ross areas.   During the recent exercise, while a total of 13 retailers correctly refused to sell, one business premises failed to prevent fireworks being sold to a young test purchase volunteer.  
23/1/2018
Free cashpoints: can they really take them away from us?Thumbnail for article : Free cashpoints: can they really take them away from us?
A Which campaign is highlighting the threat to Free cashpoints.   Recent Which? research has identified more than 200 communities in Britain have poor access to free (or any) cashpoints.  
23/1/2018
Highlands And Islands Must Retain Vital Financial Support Says Scottish Labour Leader
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has demanded that regional funding which supports the fragile economy of the Highlands and Islands is maintained by the UK government after Brexit.   Speaking at Scottish Labour's Highlands and Islands conference in Inverness on Saturday (20 January) he said that it is vital the support currently received from the European Union is not forgotten during the Brexit negotiations.  
23/1/2018
Remember The World's Poorest And Most MarginalizedThumbnail for article : Remember The World's Poorest And Most Marginalized
IFAD President urges leaders gathering at World Economic Forum (WEF).   Rome, 23 January 2018 - As an unprecedented number of government and business leaders gather at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos today to improve international collaboration in a 'fragmented world', the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) issued an urgent call to remember the world's poorest and most marginalized people.  
22/1/2018
Helping businesses and third sector supply to the public sectorThumbnail for article : Helping businesses and third sector supply to the public sector
The Highland Council and its Commercial and Procurement Shared Services partners Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils are running a series of events to help businesses supply to the public sector.   Some of the events are hosted by other organisations and we will be signposting suppliers to these as well.  
Caithness And North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership - Update
Week commencing 15th January 2018 Enabling activities: It is always great to see an innovative Caithness company being recognised - this time Norscot Joinery, whose partnership with Strathclyde University through the Interface programme, is up for Innovation of the Year in the 2018 Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards.   http://www.bqlive.co.uk/scotland/2018/01/11/news/scottish-knowledge-exchange-awards-finalists-announced-29865/ Business Gateway (managed in the Highlands by CNSRP partner the Highland Council) will be running two workshops for businesses interested in boosting their digital profile.  
21/1/2018
Private Finance Initiative (PFI) And PF2 - Good Or Bad - National Audit Office Report
This report presents information on: the rationale, costs and benefits of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI); the use and impact of PFI, and ability to make savings from operational contracts; and the introduction of PF2.  There are currently over 700 operational PFI and PF2 deals, with a capital value of around £60 billion.  
21/1/2018
Facebook For Business (intermediate) - Digitalboost
This workshop is designed for people who want to deepen their understanding of how Facebook can be used to engage with their target audience in order to boost conversions.   Facebook is an increasingly effective tool for reaching target audiences and engaging with them when they are in a responsive mode.  
19/1/2018
Leader Of Highland Council Speaks After Budget Process LeaksThumbnail for article : Leader Of Highland Council Speaks After Budget Process Leaks
Leader of the Highland Council, Margaret Davidson has moved to reassure communities about forthcoming budget decisions.   She said: "No decisions will be made until the Council meets on 15 February.  
19/1/2018
Get Switched On At Work With Electric VehiclesThumbnail for article : Get Switched On At Work With Electric Vehicles
'Switched on @ Work' is an event to help employees and businesses identify the benefits of switching to ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs).  ULEVs range from pure electric, plug-in hybrids and extended range electric vehicles.  
Call to Food and Drink and Tourism businesses to feed into new strategy
Recent VisitScotland figures have highlighted that 62%* of holidaymakers to Scotland said trying locally sourced food and drink is an important part of their visit.   Share In a bid to capitalise on the benefits of a close relationship between food and drink producers and the tourism sector, a range of industry representatives and public agencies are working together to develop a new strategy - the ‘National Framework to Grow Food Tourism'.  
12/1/2018
Unions Submit Local Government 2018 Pay ClaimThumbnail for article : Unions Submit Local Government 2018 Pay Claim
Trade unions representing local government workers across Scotland (UNISON, Unite and GMB) have submitted their pay claim to local government today (12 January 2018).   The pay claim was submitted to COSLA (employers) by the Trade Union side of the Scottish Local Government Joint Council for the period 1 April 2018 to 31st March 2019 at a meeting of the Scottish Joint Council at 2pm today.  
12/1/2018
Highland Council Revises Budget Figures But Still Anticipates Big CutsThumbnail for article : Highland Council Revises Budget Figures But Still Anticipates Big Cuts
At Highland Council work has been ongoing for some months to prepare a Revenue and Capital Budget for 2018/19 and beyond, with the anticipation of a significant cut to available funds.   The Scottish Government's proposed grant settlement was announced on 14 December 2017.  
12/1/2018
Clock Ticking For Increased Prices For Your Favourite TippleThumbnail for article : Clock Ticking For Increased Prices For Your Favourite Tipple
Proposed 50p minimum unit price for alcohol would increase prices of around 70% of off-trade alcohol purchases.   The Scottish Government plans to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol on 1 May 2018.  
12/1/2018
Jobs And How To Get Them - 10th FebruaryThumbnail for article : Jobs And How To Get Them - 10th February
Wick High School 10th February 2018 10.00am - 2.00pm.   See poster for details..